Mining: Govt to form cell to check cash laundering
The directorate of mines and geology has asked the home department to constitute a 'Special anti-extortion and anti-money laundering cell' to prevent a nexus between illegal mining, forest contractors and extremists.
The Union mines ministry had directed state governments to establish such a cell after the second administrative reforms commission in its seventh report had expressed concern at the nexus between illegal mining/forest contractors and transporters and extremists, which provides financial support for the extremist movement, and recommended that the nexus needs to be broken.
Speaking to TOI, mines director Prasanna Acharya said "There is no such nexus in Goa. Even then, we have written a letter to the home department to constitute the anti-extortion and money laundering cell."
The Union mines ministry has directed the state government to furnish the status on setting up of special anti-extortion and anti-money laundering cell on January 15, 2013, at the Central coordination-cum-empowered committee (CCEC) on mineral development and regulation meeting.
"All state governments are requested to furnish status on setting up of special anti-extortion and anti-money laundering cell," C K Rawat, deputy secretary, government of India said in a letter to the state.
"We will inform the CCEC that we have sent the proposal to the home department to set up the special anti-extortion and anti-money laundering cell," said Acharya.
CCEC on mineral development and regulation under the chairmanship of secretary (mines) will discuss issues related to illegal mining. Here the Union mines ministry will review action taken by the state government to curb illegal mining activities. "Action taken by the state governments for curbing illegal mining by each state government would be reviewed," Rawat said. [TOI]